Set Up in SoHo by Dee Davis
(St. Martin’s Griffin, 2009, 320 pages)
Based on the summary I thought I’d enjoy Set Up in SoHo a lot more than I did. I’ve been in kind of a light/romance mood lately and this seemed like a title I’d like. Unfortunately the writing didn’t live up to my expectations. Set in New York City, Andi has her own cooking show that combines gossip, cooking, and restaurant reviews. She’s eager to take things to the next level and make it to prime time television. Right around the time this could be a reality, however, she discovers that her long-term boyfriend has been cheating on her with a socialite she detests. In her rush to get away from him Andi winds up falling down a sidewalk shaft and getting rescued by a handsome stranger, Ethan.
After Ethan drops her off at the hospital Andi is surprised when they have another accidental run-in. They mutually agree on a date and the chemistry is definitely there, even though Andi’s hesitant to hop into anything after her recent break-up. This is especially true when she finds out Ethan comes from one of the wealthiest families in Manhattan. While she also comes from money, she’s pretty against dating anyone else from that societal realm. In the midst of all this, Andi’s other friends are coupling up thanks to the help of Andi’s matchmaker aunt, Althea. Andi hates when Althea noses her way into other people’s love lives and has always had a somewhat combative relationship with her aunt. When Althea finds out about Ethan Andi does everything she can to try and keep them apart – but she might be surprised to find out the two have already met…
This had a lot of the elements I like in a story, but Davis’s writing style just didn’t suck me in. I wasn’t at all invested in any of the characters and I just didn’t feel like the writing matched the plot. This is definitely more chick-lit than romance, so if you’re looking for some *heat* I’d advise you to look elsewhere. Guess I need to get back to Susan Elizabeth Phillips 😉